SANTA CLARA, Calif - (Aug. 21, 2003) - Get ready to splash, swim and float in 2004 when Paramount's Great America opens "Boomerang Bay," a multi-million dollar water park built inside the existing theme park.
The addition of "Boomerang Bay" will make Paramount's Great America the only park in California that features a water park inside a theme park -- all for one admission price. While the details for "Boomerang Bay" are still forth coming, this new Australian-themed water park will feature a variety of slides, kiddie splash areas and water play activities for families with kids of all ages. Boomerang Bay will encompass approximately 2.7 acres, the size of 5.5 football fields.
"The creation of Boomerang Bay provides our guests a new entertainment adventure that is included in the general admission ticket price," said Tim Fisher, executive vice president and general manager of Paramount's Great America. "Boomerang Bay is designed with families in mind and it provides activities that kids of all ages can enjoy together. We are confident visitors from throughout Northern California will love this new addition."
Starting in 2004, guests who purchase a VIP Pass to Paramount's Great America will be able to visit three local parks for the price of one -- Paramount's Great America Theme Park, Boomerang Bay Water Park (within Paramount's Great America Theme Park) and Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. The VIP Pass will also include free parking at Paramount's Great America and admission to all of the Paramount Parks throughout North America.
In order to make room for the new water park, Paramount's Great America is removing the Stealth roller coaster. Thrill seekers who haven't ridden Stealth have until Sept. 2 to come to the park and ride it before the ride closes and construction begins on "Boomerang Bay."
"Paramount's Great America is built on 100 acres in Santa Clara County that 30 years ago, was surrounded by farmland," said Mark Mahaffey, vice president of Facilities, Maintenance and Construction, who has been working at Paramount's Great America for more than 20 years. "Today, we are enveloped by the Silicon Valley and we're continually looking for ways to add new attractions and develop the park on the land that we have. Boomerang Bay is different than anything we've done in the past."
Paramount's Great America opens daily at 10 a.m. through Aug. 24, and weekends only through Oct. 26. The park has extended its 2003 weekend operation for two more weekends of family fun and adventure, October 18-19 and October 25-26. For operating hours and a complete schedule of events, visit www.pgathrills.com or call 408-988-1776.
Discount tickets to the park are available online at www.pgathrills.com and at participating Safeway and Blockbuster stores for $24.99.
Paramount's Great America is owned and operated by Paramount Parks.
Paramount Parks is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions, entertaining more than 13 million guests annually. The company currently owns and operates five of the most popular theme parks in North America including: Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); Paramount's Kings DominionKings Dominion (Richmond, Va.); and Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio). The company also developed and manages the award-winning STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.) and manages Bonfante Gardens horticultural theme park (Gilroy, Calif.); CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.); and Terra Mitica theme park (Benidorm, Valencia, Spain). More information about Paramount Parks is available at www.paramountparks.com.